Defence and Security

National Security Australia 2010


An All-Hazards Approach to National Security: Considerations in the Defence White Paper
> The Defence perspective on traditional and non-traditional threats
> Its impact on Defence risk-based planning
> What are the operational considerations in domestic and offshore settings?
> How are Defence's capability proposals affected?
> How is Defence prepared/preparing to provide appropriate support to civil agencies operating under an all-hazards construct?
Stephen Hledik, Director Counter-Terrorism & Domestic Security, Department of Defence

National Security Capability Development
Under the Rudd Government's broader definition of national security, there is a growing need to take a holistic approach to capability development. Indeed, do we need to redefine capability development to ensure that it meets the current and future needs?
Martin Studdert, First Assistant Secretary, National Security Capability Development Division, Attorney General's Department


Emerging Issues in National Security
Future of Border Management
> Terrorism, maritime people smuggling, the increased breadth and sophistication of criminal activity = better coordination and best practice border protection intelligence, information sharing and operational responses
> A new, more sophisticated understanding of the border
> An integrated, layered approach to managing risks
> Whole-of-government approach to addressing future vulnerabilities, responding to threats and preparing for challenges to make our border more resilient
Mike Pezzullo, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Customs & Border Protection Service

Lessons Learnt from the 2009 Influenza Pandemic
> How Australia responded to the early news of a significant international health event
> How Australia used a flexible approach to planning to develop a new pandemic phase for Australia
> What Australia did to delay entry, contain outbreak and protect Australians
Representative, Office of Health Protection, Department of Health & Ageing

Emerging Biosecurity Threats to Australia

> Drivers and risks
> Preparedness and response
> Resilience
> Case studies - Influenza, Dengue, Hendra
Stephen Prowse, CEO, The Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease

Climate Change Impacts in the Asia-Pacific: Implications for Australia's Security
> Sea-level rise, Pacific islands and coastal Asian cities
> Water resources and food production
> Jokers in the pack
Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director, ANU Climate Change Institute & Science Advisor, Department of Climate Change

ICT, Critical Incidents and Intelligence Collection

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Intelligence Methods can enhance our ability to identify and respond to developing critical incidents via: Improving our ability to gather and understand relevant information, and know what needs to be achieved helping us to consider our options and the consequences of decisions helping us to communicate, implement and evaluate the impact of decisions

Associate Professor Mark Kebbell, Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing & Security (CEPS)


Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
Transnational Terrorism: Under Pressure but an Evolving Challenge
Counter-Terrorism strategies and actions have made considerable advances against global terrorist groups, but the terrorist narrative still has appeal in some extremist circles, and groups are resilient and adaptable.
Technology - and in particular the internet - has empowered the modern terrorist and made successful counter-terrorism a complex, expensive and long-term exercise.
Expect it to be on the national security agenda for the foreseeable future.

Bill Paterson, Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism/Envoy for International Counter-Terrorism, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Emerging Terrorist Threats in Australia and Victoria's Counter-Terrorism Initiatives

* Terrorist re-habilitation within the prison system (including international terrorist re-habilitation experiences in overseas countries)
* Terrorist Re-Habilitation - a Victoria Police Perspective
* Home-grown terrorism in Australia
* Lexicon of Terrorism project
* Emphasis on community engagement
* Victoria's proactive and preventative approach to counter terrorism
Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana, Counter-Terrorism Coordination & Emergency Management Department, Victoria Police

Community Engagement in a Counter-Terrorism Context: The NSW Perspective
> Relationships to community based policing
> NSW community engagement model
> Rational for community engagement
Detective Superintendent John O'Reilly, Commander Operations Group, Counter-Terrorism & Special Tactics Command, NSW Police

The Role of Extremist Ideology in Terrorism: Understanding and Countering the Narratives
> The impact of the Neojihadist narrative globally and in Australia
> Countering the Neojihadist narrative: Measures for state and commonwealth actors and measures for communities
> Other emerging extremist narratives: Potential threats to Australia
Dr Pete Lentini, Director of Centre for Global Terrorism Research Centre, Monash University

Asia Pacific Issues and Typologies in Terrorist Financing

Strategic overview of terrorist financing risks/vulnerabilities and implementation issues associated with the international standards to counter these threats
Gordon Hook, Executive Secretary, Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering

International Initiatives
Planting "Evil Flowers" The Improvised Explosive Device Battle in Afghanistan
> In Afghanistan, improvised explosive devices named 'Evil Flowers' by Taliban insurgents, are the number one killer of coalition forces accounting for 70% of casualties. This year has been the bloodiest in the 8 year campaign.
> The Taliban's asymmetric approach is having success in limiting coalition forces' mobility causing them to manoeuvre slowly and methodically while under the ever watchful eye of an adaptable and resilient enemy, searching for coalition weaknesses in tactics techniques and procedures and vulnerabilities of new equipment and technology to exploit and defeat.
Brigadier Phil Winter, Commander of ADF Counter IED Task Force

This conference will be held on the 25-26 February 2010 at Amora Hotel Jamison, Sydney--  (costs AUD$2634.50 + 250 WYEA admin fee).  You are welcome to attend. The Information posted on this page is only meant to provide you an insight on knowledge and skills transfer opportunities available within the Australian defence and security sector. In collaboration with IIR, we can design a specific program for you and your group, providing an opportunity for you to meet with Australian leading professionals in a friendly and highly rewarding environment.